There are several very good reasons why Donald Trump has chosen to spend most of his visit to the UK next week in Scotland.
He has never been slow to play up his links to the old country.
Like most US politicians, he believes his colourful ethnicity plays well with the electorate. This is his version of going back to Ireland for a pint of the black stuff.
The trip, his first to the UK as president, will also allow him to brazenly promote his own businesses here with his usual gift for brass-necked exaggerations.
More pertinently, for Trump anyway, he reckons the reception will not be as hot as it might have been in London.
Was he put off by the giant inflatable baby? Who knows.
On the off chance that he was, it should be flown 500 miles north immediately.
Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, Trump sees himself as some sort of returning hero to these shores.
Like the house guest from hell, the president’s appearance was confirmed only at the last minute, his list of demands long and plentiful.
He has already caused disruption for police, who have had shift patterns reorganised, and there will be chaos in his wake wherever he goes.
And he doesn’t come cheap either, with the security bill alone estimated at £5million.
The row over who foots the bill – Westminster or Holyrood – was a smokescreen important only to politicians.
The fact of the matter is that one way or another we’re all paying, which is one of several individual horrors attached to this presidential visit.
There will be cynics who don’t see the point of the protests planned in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow – who will believe that Trump is best ignored.
They’ll point out that there have been more atrocious world leaders to have visited without much comment, missing the point that Trump uses Scotland to his benefit and is the leader of the UK’s most important historical ally.
Despite those voices, a mass public protest with voices from across our communities should be encouraged.
The eyes of the world will be on Scotland for the duration of his visit and people of every nation should learn that we are embarrassed by the association, not proud of it. This isn’t some narrow act of posturing either. It is an outpouring of disgust at the placement of migrant children in cages under his regime.
Of anger at far-right British organisations being given succour by the president of the US, who unapologetically promoted their baseless racist bile on social media.
Of fury at his ban on free movement and travel to the US for innocent Muslims from proscribed countries. Those are just for starters. His pandering to the gun lobby is another reason for a country still scarred by the Dunblane tragedy to voice its opposition.
Conducted in the right spirit, the protests are something of which Scotland can proud.
Not just for those usually moved to march but by holidaying schoolkids, people of all ages from across the country.
The things which Trump stands for are easy to oppose. This could be a moment in which one of the century’s most appalling but powerful figures is told in no uncertain terms that when he plays up his Scottish background, he shames us all.
The independence referendum showed that, at our best, we can be pretty good at this sort of thing, showcasing our wit and sense of community.
As for those who say protests change nothing, they demonstrate only an ignorance of British political history.
From Peterloo to Jarrow through the poll tax riots to the Not in My Name march against Tony Blair, public protests have not just changed politics, they have shaped the nation.
Protests and vigils helped establish devolution for this country and focused opposition to nuclear weapons.
For anyone who has recoiled at the despicable conduct of the White House’s 45th occupant, this is an opportunity to be heard.
Posting anti-Trump messages on social media is one thing, standing up to be counted helps deliver a message that he will understand.
DISRUPTION Inflatable baby Trump should be flown north Pic PA LEADING THE WAY Time’s Up rally, top, and Jarrow march